In a statement, the aquarium noted that sea turtles are especially vulnerable to boat collisions when they rise to the surface for breathing or to warm themselves in the sun. David Hudson, a research scientist for the aquarium, requested that boat operators avoid using autopilot and to reduce their speeds when traveling through waters where turtles have been spotted.
“Three turtle deaths in the Sound is highly unusual – and completely unacceptable,” said Hudson. “Boaters need to know that, as Long Island Sound’s water quality improves, animals like sea turtles and dolphins and even humpback whales are returning. And so boaters can no longer race around the Sound at full throttle but only at half attention.”